Presented by Stella Artois


The Pile of Bones Underground Film Festival celebrates the best of independent underground short film from Canada and beyond! Tired of seeing great films overlooked, this one-night only film festival celebrates the offbeat and unique productions that deserve more exposure. We are looking for obscure, exceptional films that are underappreciated and uniquely different.

In previous years, some films that have premiered at our fest have been invited to screen at our sister festival Videodrunk, as well as to other film festivals across Canada and the USA, picking up awards and accolades along the way.

Pile of Bones proudly celebrates bizarre and inventive creations, and we love introducing new audiences to undiscovered underground films! (Check out our state-of-the-art website for previous year's programs and winners.)

We accept independent films of any genre which are less than 30 minutes in length.


Le Festival de films Underground Pile of Bones est de retour en septembre !

Cet événement d’une nuit célèbre le meilleur du cinéma canadien underground indépendant. Vous en avez assez de voir de bons films ignorés, le festival a été lancé comme un moyen de présenter des productions bizarres/uniques/expérimentales qui ne reçoivent pas la visibilité qu’elles méritent. Nous sommes à la recherche de films obscurs, exceptionnels, hors-normes, et uniques.

Nous acceptons les films indépendants de tout genre qui durent moins de 30 minutes.

Pile of Bones is a non-competitive festival. We do, however, pay screening fees based on IMAA fee schedules and also offer the insanely coveted “Top of the Pile" audience choice award!


Pile of Bones est un festival non compétitif. Mais nous payons des frais de dépistage AAMI et offrons également le Prix du public !

The "Short Films" category is open to any independent short film made in Canada or made by a Canadian (preferably both).

The "International Shorts" category is open to filmmakers from outside of Canada. The festival screens a handful of international submissions each year.

Films must be less than 30 minutes in length and have not had a public screening in Regina, Saskatchewan.

All genres will be considered, but we prefer films that are not freely available online (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

Films must have been made within the last 2 years, give or take.

Subtitles for non-English films are at the discretion of the filmmaker.

Films will be selected by a jury panel of independent filmmakers.

Selected films must provide the festival with a digital copy of the film in either .mp4 or .mov format.


Le Festival de films Underground Pile of Bones est ouvert à tout court métrage indépendant réalisé au Canada ou réalisé par un résident canadien (de préférence les deux). "International Shorts" sont ouverts aux cinéastes à l'extérieur du Canada.

Les films doivent avoir une durée de moins de 30 minutes et ne pas avoir fait l’objet d’une projection publique à Regina.

Tous les genres seront considérés, mais nous préférons les films qui ne sont pas disponibles en ligne (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

Les films doivent avoir été réalisés au cours des 2 dernières années, donner ou prendre.

Les sous-titres pour les films non anglais sont à la discrétion du cinéaste.

Les films seront sélectionnés par un jury composé de cinéastes indépendants.

Les films sélectionnés doivent fournir au festival une copie numérique du film au format .mp4 ou .mov.

Overall Rating
  • Ronald Mein

    A fun experience! I love seeing how an audience responds to my stuff, especially if the crowed is as ready for something different like this one was. The other films were really unique and entertaining.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the nice review, Ron! It was great meeting you and getting to spend some time chatting at the after party. Keep making unique films and please send them our way!

  • Jukebox Headaches

    We were delighted that our short "Restricted Vision" was selected for Pile Of Bones. Due to the old geography/finance conundrum, we were unable to attend, but communication was great, pics from the festival show a full auditorium, we were sent a couple of programmes, and we got a screening fee. Very happy indeed.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Awesome, thanks guys! We were pleased to kick off the festival with "Restricted Vision" and you were definitely there in spirit!

  • Mike Rollo

    Pile of Bones programs an excellent night of quirky independent films. Very good communication with filmmakers throughout!

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for coming to the festival, Mike! Best of luck with "Farewell Transmission" -- what a fantastic film!

  • Dianne Ouellette

    Amazing festival! Thank you for including my short film! Excellent communication and updates. Best of luck next year!

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Dianne, you da best! Good luck to you as well!

  • Mike Robertson

    I wasn't able to attend the festival, but the people that organized the festival were always communicating with the non-attending filmmakers with personalized e-mails (as opposed to form letters) and keeping us updated. Appreciated the screening fee, their website was super cool and the other films they selected all looked pretty interesting so it felt great to be in good company. This fest is small (one evening long) but its worth looking at and submitting to. Apparently the festival was well attended, which is not something that can be said about all festivals regardless of the size. Thanks for having my film in the festival!

    March 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hey Mike! Thanks for the thoughtful review. "Bed Bugs" was well-crafted and hilarious--there was a great response from the crowd during the screening. Good luck with future fests!